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Forum topic by momentum posted 04-13-2014 11:06 PM 1244 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2014 11:06 PM

Hey everyone, I joined LJ yesterday. Glad to be here.

I am sending out a feeler to see if there is any interest in me putting together a class that deals directly with the art, science and skill of designing and drafting out a new project. We are all used to working from the back of a newspaper or napkin sketch, but what happens when we run into problems part way through the build? What do you do if you have never had any training in drawing out all of your parts to make sure they fit where they are supposed to? Would you like to learn the “old school” way of drawing isometric projections? 3 views of a project and full size detailed drawings?

I have held a class a few times at my local Lee Valley Tools store, as they run seminars through out the year, dealing with this very sort of thing.

I can also teach the AutoCAD way as well, but that’s another topic all together ;)

What do you think?

If I get enough feedback, I’ll set something up. Please, let me know!

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 01:28 AM

I had design and drafting classes all the way through my schooling from high school through college and use those skills when I do my designs in my 3D CAD environment which creates 2D prints of any parts and/or assemblies in orthographic, isometric, exploded or other views. The CAD program also has tools that allow me to check for clash/clearances and many other features.

So from my perspective I would really not be interested but I am probably in the minority.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 01:43 AM

Thanks for your input oldnovice.

Like you, I build parts and assemblies in parametric 3D CAD program that can also create 2D drawings from the 3D models.

The intent was to offer up to those who have not had the benefit of proper training in the old school way.

Thanks once again for your feedback :)

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 01:50 AM

I would totally be interested!

-- Steve

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#4 posted 04-14-2014 01:51 AM

I would be interested in more information about drafting/drawing.

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#5 posted 04-14-2014 01:54 AM

See, I told you I was in the minority.

The concepts in drafting are important and, actually, are very useful and to some extent important in even the best CAD programs!

The skills for isometric/ third angle projections, and true length determination will serve anyone, with or without CAD.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 04-14-2014 01:55 AM

An emphatic yes from me!


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#7 posted 04-14-2014 02:41 AM

Always interested!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#8 posted 04-14-2014 03:09 AM

I tool learned in high school for three years, then in college everything was electronic, not a drafting table to be found. First AutoCAD, then Solidworks, and ProE. Old school drafting is still my favorite, far from the quickest way to generate a drawing, but certainly the most satisfying. Having my initial training on a drafting table helped tremendously when detailing and dimensioning came around as you had to really think about what you were getting ready to do before penciling in something where as with software you can just move it around with a click. The latter requires no forethought and thus usually more work when learning. Having to completely erase a magnified section just to move it teaches you pretty quick not to make the same mistake again!

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#9 posted 04-14-2014 03:44 AM

I do not need it but it is a nice idea. I have taught drafting and design for 39years. I still like board draft the best.

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#10 posted 04-14-2014 07:36 AM

I loved my old drafting board but when I moved to California it got left behind! Fortunately I still have all the other drafting tools including a complete set of dividers, compasses, and inking tips in the original case, that my uncle gave me when I was in high school many, many, years ago.

As I stated above drafting the board/T square/triangle way teaches many skills that are useful even in CAD work and when I can’t get to a PC, those skills come back to pencil and paper!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 04-14-2014 08:22 AM

Hi Momentum, as a recent subscriber to LJ who uses my old drafting board for workshop drawings, I wish you well.
I have found, reading between the lines, that there is a large section of our fellow LJ’s who are resistant to the idea of putting pencil to paper in such a formal manner. There seems to be this feeling that a (proper) drawing lends a finality to their project that restrains and constricts their creative freedom. I hope you are able to get across that developing good drawing skills is liberating and not restrictive and has the added bonus of more efficient time-management and use of materials.
Once again, I wish you well and will be observing. It’s never too late to learn.

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#12 posted 04-14-2014 12:46 PM

Thank you you for welcoming me to this wonderful online community. As a recent addition to the LJ community I also welcome you.

I am definitely interested in learning proper drafting techniques. It would make my project planning a lot easier.

-- Mario, Trinidad,

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#13 posted 04-14-2014 01:50 PM

Had a guy here some time back started a class for Draftsight, one member couldn’t grasp the concept, so the “teacher” quit the lessons in the middle of everything. I hope for the ones that would follow this that they could learn and not be left in the dark after a few lessons.

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#14 posted 04-14-2014 03:57 PM

I started out on the drafting board 60 years ago. I finally switched over to AutocadĀ© in 1998 and I use it for all my designs. My hands are much too shakey to hold a pencil to paper. If you need any advise in regard to design or drafting, please don’t hesitate to ask. BTW, I use Autocad 2004 and welcome.

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